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Mental Health Questions & Answers.


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Frau Sport Training nachdenklich

"Why is mental health often more sweaty than physical fitness?"

Two factors often play a decisive role here:

1. Motivation - you can't see it...

Mental health including mental resilience,resilience,can be concealed quite well over long distances. Not a healthy, rarely a smart strategy.

2. Counter-intuitive behavior - different from what you think.

Movement is our nature. It is only recently that we humans sit more than we walk, but what we have learned can be unlearned. What is needed is staying power, patience, discipline, you name it. The situation is different with the fitness of mental health: also fight-flight-freeze#StressResponses are in our blood like the urge to move (and are closely related, btw) but are usually extremely unhelpful for dealing well with the challenges of the 21st century. In order to develop a healthy stress profile and to strengthen and protect mental health, we therefore train counterintuitive behavior: impulse control, relaxation after tension, making good decisions under pressure and uncertainty. Wake up serenity....

simple, not easy ;)

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What is trauma?

"Trauma" as a term comes from the Greek and means wound. Surgeons use it to refer to physical injuries. In psychotraumatology, the term describes mental injuries and their consequences. Traumatizing experiences that can lead to mental injuries overwhelm the mental protective mechanisms of those affected. Too much, too quickly, too suddenly - whenever an event, even experienced as a witness, overwhelms a person's receptivity, we speak of a traumatic event. Experiences of this kind lead to a mental shock because they are outside normal human experiences and are often associated with fear of death, helplessness, horror and the feeling of being at the mercy of others. Such experiences can be serious accidents, illnesses and natural disasters, but also considerable psychological, physical and sexual violence as well as severe experiences of loss and neglect.

"Trauma isn't what happens to you, it's what you experience."

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Does mental health mean something different than mental health?

No, "mental", "psychic" and "emotional" are used synonymously in the context of mental health. In other language areas than German, "mental" has prevailed. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is defined as follows:

//Mental (also mental, spiritual) health is a state of well-being in which a person is able to fulfill their abilities, cope with normal life pressures, work productively and contribute to their community. //   So it's about quality of life, productivity and social participation.

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What is meant by "trauma consequences"?

We distinguish between short-term and long-term consequences of trauma. Short-term consequences of trauma are normal reactions to an abnormal event. These can include: irregular sleep patterns, more/less appetite, irritability, aggression, inner restlessness, strong need for retreat, nightmares. These reactions help the body to heal itself and process what has happened and, under favorable circumstances, usually subside after about 7 days. Long-term trauma consequences, then trauma-related disorders, occur when the event cannot or cannot yet be processed, which can include symptoms such as depression, anxiety disorders, alcoholism, drug abuse.

The aforementioned consequences are generally viewed negatively, but there are also positive trauma consequences,Post-traumatic growth, Post-traumatic growth.

Mädchen nachdenklich

"How do I actually know if I'm mentally healthy?"

A lot of people are asking themselves that at the moment. 

Counter-question: How do you know that - or whether - you are physically healthy? It doesn't hurt, you don't feel restricted. 

Pain is often a signal "Something's wrong, attention, attention please!". Other symptoms such as a runny nose or indigestion can indicate that the body is in repair mode. We have learned to interpret these messages.

Unlike the signals of the neurological network. Emotions can be important messengers here. be. Two examples. Fear - the information "Looks like danger might be imminent, stay alert." Depressed mood, irritability or lack of concentration - the information "There is too much going on here, too much information to process."

Anyone who has learned to recognize emotions and read them regularly can react earlier and take better care of themselves.

Our  also provides orientation for the classification of your own mental health.Self-Test for Resilience - mental resilience, which is a marker for mental health, analogous to our immune system for physical health.


There are also instructions for self-assessmentWorld Health Organization (WHO) definition of mental health: HowDo you find it easy or difficult to do everyday tasks on a normal day?


"What is Post-Traumatic Growth?"

Msome people succeed to grow personally in processing and integration regardless of the type and severity of a traumatizing event. These people describe their lives as more fulfilled and themselves as happier and stronger than before the event or events and often find meaning in this event in their biography.PTG - Post-traumatic Growth.- is therefore what we consider positivetrauma consequencescan designate. According to studies, stable personal resilience and the application of psychological first (self-) help in case of an emergency support the development of post-traumatic growth.


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